Courtney Force Cards First Funny Car Win
(KENT, Wash) – Courtney Force has added her name to a long list of winners in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Race Series, winning her first professional race at the wheel of the Traxxas Funny Car. Force defeated Matt Hagen in the final round of the 25th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Presented by Super Start Batteries at Pacific Raceways in Kent.
Joining Force in the winner’s circle was Steve Torrence in the Capco Contractor’s Top Fuel entry with a final round win over Shawn Langdon. Erica Enders in the GK Motorsports Pro Stock Cobalt upended Jason Line in the final round. It was Enders’ second Pro Stock win of the season and of her career.
In the Sportsman ranks, former Maple Valley resident and Pacific Raceways’ regular Brad Plourd doubled-up winning in both Stock Eliminator and Super Comp. In Stock, Plourd defeated past Pacific Raceways’ champ Dallas Glenn, who was driving Tom Turner’s Dr. Injector Corvette, a car Plourd use to drive. Plourd, who now lives in Avon, Indiana, beat Stefan Kondolay in the Super Comp final. In Super Stock, Oregon’s Joe Sorensen defeated Puyallup’s Jody Lang. Another Puyallup driver, Brandon Huhtala was on the losing end of Comp Eliminator, falling to Mike DePalma.
The wackiest final was in Top Alcohol Dragster where Chris Demke defeated Jim Whiteley in a slow crawl to the finish line with both cars deploying parachutes early in their runs. Canadian John Evanchuk defeated Californian Steve Gasparelli in Top Alcohol Funny Car. In an all-Canadian final, Ken Mostowich took Super Gas honors over Mike Shannon. Super Street was won by Megan Ellingson over a red-lighting Jason Gibson.
The race at Pacific Raceways was also the first time in NHRA history that three women were crowned champions.